Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Purple Puppy Love from a Distance

A couple of weeks ago, a dear friend came to town. We met 20 years ago at a church basketball game that our husbands were playing in for our ward. My husband and I had just moved into student housing at UC Riverside. Kim and I became friends immediately, and have been ever since.

We lived in student housing for the next 5 years and had the best times. Often we got together for dinner or better yet went out to eat. There were many trips to Spoons after basketball games. Other times we would get together to play games or just hang out. Being graduate students was certainly made better by such great friends.

After graduate school, jobs took us to different places to live, but we have kept in touch through the years.

It was so fun to spend time catching up with her and going out to eat at Cheescake Factory. Her sister has a master plan for eating at Cheese Factory. You all share the appetizer sampler, and then everyone has to get a different kind of cheesecake. After you eat a few bites of yours, then you all pass them all around the table and you get to taste 6 different kinds. She is rather insistent on the plan, but it is a good plan, so I went along willingly.

Here we are posing at Brighton. Thanks for introducing me to this place, as I was a Brighton Virgin. I am not into jewelry, I guess that explains it.
The reason Kim was in Vegas, was to go to the Donny & Marie show. She had some connections and got tickets to go backstage. How lucky is she?
And so here she is with her sisters, mom, and aunt with the real deal. How cool is that? And since I got my picture taken with Kim, I am only one degree of separation from Donny himself. Also cool.

I stole these pictures off of her facebook. You gotta love that thing. And I absolutely loved this picture of her mom with Donny. Look at the glee on her face. So wonderful.

Some day I may get to go to the show myself, but I think for a while my stalking will have to stay at one degree of separation.
Kim thanks for making my stalking dreams almost come true.


Anonymous said...

I love keeping in touch with old friends -- but I wish I could see them all in person! My two best buddies from 20 years ago live three states away, and I never go back there! And how cool is that -- seeing the Osmonds up close and personal??!! I would be all swoony and tongue tied and I'd probably faint!

Smart Helm said...

Ya for 1 degree of seperation! I have to admit, Donny and Marie are not that exciting for me but that's probably cuz I'm 2 young.

I'm way impressed at ur "keeping in touch" skills. I'm more of the "out of sight, out of mind" variety so when people leave me or I leave them... thats it.

Way to keep those relationships up!

Kristina P. said...

I grew up in Riverside and my mom taught at UCR!

And my friend and I went to Cheesecake the other night, and we always get the giant appetizer platter to share. It's to die for!

Heidi Ashworth said...

Donny went to church (as in, the same car) with my sister in Illinois. True story. And that's not my only Donny story.

April said...

My brother-in-law and Donny dated the same girl. True story!

And as I type this Donny is staying at my son's friend's home. I told him I was going to drive over and meet him!!! But he is with the scouts...and I don't want to smell them! LOL!

Eliza said...

What a fun get together. Cheesecake sounds yummy....

The Crash Test Dummy said...

OMGOSH! He's only a Facebook away. How cool is that! I guess Facebook isn't creepy after all.

I am a Brighton virgin too! And I didn't even know it.

Love the Cheesecake master plan!

I am going to NY next week so I'll miss you again. I REALLY DO MISS YOU when I'm not around. Thanks for that.


Shawna said...

I love that the stalker skills are still in effect! Ronnie and I have our own Cheesecake master plan...we have a nice and relaxing dinner at Jason's Deli then head over to get cheesecake to go and share it in the car.